R. Brennan is a subbie brat with a bitch streak, an IT geek for the state of New York, and
reformed gaming addict living in the rolling hills of Upstate NY. (You know, where it takes a ten minute drive to buy a gallon of milk, and the smell of cows lingers on the breeze.) when not writing, she spends as much time as she can outdoors, and in the summer you can find her lying in the hammock at Camp Tortuga (our little camper in the woods) with a rum drink in her hand.
She admits to a slight twitter addiction and enjoys talking with her readers. You can stalk her online in any of these places:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/R.-Brennan/e/B004Z2KKSQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
How long have you been an author?
I’ve been writing since high school, but I’ve been a published author since 2011 –
not long really. I’m still a bit of a newbie.
Have there been any surprises along the way?
Life, and writing, for that matter, is always full of surprises. If I am not being surprised by publishing houses and readers, I am being surprised by my muse, or my imagination. I thought many aspects of being a writer would be harder, and even more I thought would be easier. You definitely have to be adaptive in this business.
Why this story? What was your inspiration to write it?
This story was originally born as part of Evernight Publishing’s Vanilla-Free Christmas anthology. I wanted to write something that highlighted the romantic aspects of a BDSM relationship – hence Faith and Richard were born. Once their first story, Faith’s Gift released, I had a few requests from readers asking for more of Richard – the hunky Dom hero of the story. Never one to keep the ladies
from a good, demanding Dom, I wrote A LEAP OF FAITH as the second installment of
their tale, and the Roses and Thorns series was born. There is definitely more to come from Richard Halstead and his lovely submissive, Faith Daniels… not to mention some of their lifestyle friends…
What was your favorite part of the book to write?
My favorite part of the book is probably also the most controversial – the pet play scene. I have always had a weakness for this sort of BDSM play, so I really wanted to highlight some of that in this story. I found the whole thing incredibly erotic and romantic. But, being it is a different sort of BDSM play than many are used to reading about or experiencing, it may not work as well for some readers.
Is there a message you want your readers to take away from this book?
I think my big message in any of my stories (I write mostly BDSM erotic romance) is there is an innate romantic nature to a D/s relationship that so many miss. With the influx of BDSM themes tales of late, I really wanted to write something that was genuine to the lifestyle and highlighted just how
wonderfully romantic it can be – even if you are into “strange” fetishes or pain.
Do you have any other upcoming releases or projects you would like to talk about?
I am working on the next story in the Roses and Thorns series now and hope to have the next one released before March, and I also have a naughty little fairy tale I am working on rather heavily at the moment. But, one thing I have learned from my muse… anything can happen at any time. Who knows what this wicked imagination will come up with next.
Where can readers find you?
I left a ton of links below my Bio. As you can tell by the number of possible ways to get in touch, I can be a bit of an internet junkie.
Who is on your "to be read" shelf?
Not only do I write it, but I love reading erotic fiction. My TBR pile is HUGE, but I am hoping to jump into the latest releases of some of my “go to” authors – DC Stone, Sandra Bunino, Lila Shaw and Doris O’Connor (ironically all fellow Evernight Publishing authors)
What are you reading now?
I’m finishing up a review read -- the latest release of my friend, (and a fantastic author) Stephanie Lawton. Her latest, SHELF LIFE, released on December 3rd. Really enjoying it so far.
If you could only pick one book from your childhood to preserve for others to read, what would it be?
Such a tough choice…. I guess it depends on the age… If I was still in Elementary school – Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak. If I were a bit older – The Lion, The Witch and The
Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Both just amazing authors and stories that shaped who I am today.
How do you find your muse?
Im not entirely sure. I think he found me in a gutter someplace and felt sorry for me.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
Favorite spot is most definitely the hammock at camp. It’s only open in the summers, so the weather is perfect for lounging, there are plenty of trees for shade, and most of the time I can find a bit of quiet as well.
What book do you think should be made into a movie?
Most of the ones I thought should be movies are… but I’d love to see Jocelyn Adam’s Lila Gray series turned into movies. It is a 3 book series, so it would probably need more than one movie to do the story justice. If you haven’t read them and enjoy Urban Fantasy, I’d highly recommend.
BOOK BLURB FROM A LEAP OF FAITH:
New submissive, Faith Daniels, is completely infatuated with her amazing Dominant, Richard Halstead. So when he sends her a summons via text message a full day before they had plans to meet, she can barely contain her excitement.
But, Richard didn’t just invite her over for a play date. Not this time. He has a proposition for Faith. One that could change the rest of her life.
Faith woke to find herself still nestled tightly against Richard’s warm body and bright, early morning sunshine streaming through the gauzy gray curtains of his bedroom. Not quite ready to face the realities of dawn, she snuggled deeper into the covers, inhaled a lungful of his spicy scent, and pressed her eyes closed.
When she opened them again, her gaze locked with Richard, who sat reclined against the headboard. Had he been watching her sleep? She moved to sit up, cheeks heating.
Richard held her in place, a smile lighting his features. “Where do you think you’re going?”
“Sorry, I was just…”
“Just nothing. I’m not done admiring your beauty quite yet. The black leather collar suits you,
A tiny smile tugged at the corner of her lips, but before she could thank him, Richard swiped the blankets away with a quick jerk, exposing her nudity, and letting all the trapped heat out
from under them.
Faith squealed, wrapped her arms around her bared breasts, and rolled into him. Burying her face against his chest, she gave an exaggerated shiver. “Too cold.”
“It’s like eighty degrees in here.”
She peeked up at him.“It was until you let all the heat out of the covers.”
He reached between her arms and tweaked a nipple. “Don’t worry. You’ll warm up while you’re making the coffee. You know where everything is, yes?”
She shivered and glanced across the room at the bedroom door. “It’s so far away.”
His laughter warmed her some. “You’ll survive. I like mine black, one sugar.” He gave her behind a pinch. “Hop to it. The sooner it’s done, the sooner you can return to the warm covers.” A teasing light danced in his eyes. “And, more importantly, me.”
Faith bowed her lips into a pretty pout. “May I have a kiss to keep me warm during my journey to the harsh and frozen realm of ceramic kitchen tiles?”
“How can I refuse you when you ask so nicely, fair maiden?” He gripped her chin, his sweet mouth descending towards hers. A hair’s breath from reaching her parted lips, Richard hesitated. “What do
“Please?” she begged.
He captured her mouth with his, heating Faith to her toes in the space of an instant, and scattering her
thoughts like autumn leaves in a brisk wind.
She melted against him, whimpering when his tongue invaded and teased hers, taunting it to join in his erotic dance. Her hands slid up his toned pectorals on their way to encircle his neck.
Richard captured her wrists, stopping her timid advance in its tracks. He drew his hot lips away, leaving her breathless. “Oh, no you don’t. Nice try, little minx. Coffee first. Your reward
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